Dental Implants

Overview

Dental implants are artificial roots fixed into your jaw to hold the replacement tooth. Dental implants are an alternative to various other traditional treatments like dental crowns or dentures.

Introduction

Many people lose their teeth because of tooth decay, injury, or a severe stage of gum disease. There are many different options to replace missing teeth like dental crowns, dental bridges, or dentures. One of the most popular options is getting artificial root or tooth replacements called dental implants.

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. They act as a replacement for the root of the missing teeth. Dental implants can also support and stabilize dentures, making them more comfortable to wear.

Information Capsule

Synopsis of the treatment

Dental implants made of metal are used to fit into hollow places as a replacement for roots

Length of treatment

In phases that may take as long as 6-8 months

Anesthesia

Local but may depend on patient’s comfort and doctor’s preference.

Recovery

As the dental implant procedure takes place in phases, the recovery time is different for each phase

Alternative name

Endosseous fixture

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial roots (usually made of titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or periodontist – a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. A dental crown is placed over this artificial root to take the place of the missing tooth. 

Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth. Dental implants can even be used to replace all the teeth in the mouth, with “all on 4 dental implants” or full mouth dental implants. 

Dental implants have a high rate of success, which makes them an excellent option for tooth replacement. Dental implants can be made to mimic the structure and appearance of natural teeth, so they are used to improve functionality and aesthetics.

Reasons To Get Dental Implants

Here are a few reasons why people choose to get dental implants:

Benefits Of Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implants have in the real sense given hope to millions of people to live their lives confidently and stress-free.

Who Is The Right Candidate For Dental Implant Surgery?

A suitable candidate for the dental implants procedure:

After examination, Dr. Orfaly suggests whether or not a person is suitable for immediate treatment.

What To Expect At The Consultation?

Once you are at Fisher & Orfaly Dental, Dr. George Orfaly will understand your dental background and examine your mouth. After knowing the exact cause of the missing tooth space he will plan the dental implants treatment accordingly.

Dental x-rays will be taken of the place where once there was your natural tooth and other teeth to note how much space is available. Dr. George Orfaly will discuss the dental implants procedure with you in detail.

Dental Implant Procedure At Fisher & Orfaly Dental

The process of getting dental implants requires a number of visits over several months.

At Fisher & Orfaly Dental, Dr. George Orfaly will plan the dental implant treatment and determine where the dental implant should be placed. Then, he will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon for the surgical phases of the procedure. After the healing is complete, Dr. George Orfaly will attach the artificial teeth to the anchor.

How Is The Recovery After Getting Dental Implants?

The patient may experience soreness or discomfort immediately after the dental implants surgery. There also may be some oozing which happens in a typical surgery, but this should subside each passing day. Generally, patients recover in as little as 1-3 days after the dental implants surgery if no additional procedure is followed during the dental implants procedure.

Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years. On occasion, they might have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear and tear.

What Care Should Be Taken During The Recovery Period?

Until you receive permanent crowns, it is very important to maintain oral hygiene to avoid complications.

You will receive care instructions when your dental implants treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in increasing the lifespan of your new dental implant.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are made to last at least 10 to 20 years because dental implants were designed to be a permanent solution to tooth loss. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime without needing to be replaced. 

Of course, the lifespan of dental implants depends on the lifestyle and habits of the patient. When you get dental implants you need to take care of them by maintaining good oral health and visiting the dentist regularly.

What Is The Cost Of Dental Implant Surgery?

“How much do dental implants cost?” is a concern that many patients have. Dental implants cost depends on the type of dental implant you are going to fit. After a thorough study of the individual’s case, Dr. Orfaly suggests which dental implants to fit.

There are three types of costs incurred during the dental implants procedure:

The cost of a custom-made crown is generally higher. The total cost of the dental implants procedure is high because it is a surgical procedure and requires expertise and experience. Depending on the case, the dental implants costs will be different. Dr. Orfaly will carefully examine your teeth and discuss the dental implant costs for your individual case with you. The dental implants cost may seem too high to you, but it is important to remember that dental implants are a lifelong investment. Dental implants are one of the most effective solutions to missing teeth and they can last decades. With these factors in mind, the dental implants cost is worth it. 

Most dental insurance plans do not cover dental implants costs. However, depending on the cause of the tooth loss, coverage under your insurance plan may be possible. The dental implant treatment can also be financed with CareCredit.

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October 7, 2020

Coming to Dr Orfaly is The best decision I could have made. I didn’t have a dentist for years and they saw me when I had an emergency. Now I am getting all of my dental work here, perfect caps, bridges and hygiene. I highly recommend Dr Orfaly and his staff.

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October 28, 2020

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About Dr. George Orfaly

Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.

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